Sunday, November 12, 2023 Bulletin

“When in our music God is glorified”
Sunday, November 12, 2023

Gathering to praise …



Call to Worship:  A Modern Psalm:  Call to Praise

Hymns: When in Our Music God Is Glorified      Verses 1 & 2     VT 83

To God Be the Glory     VT 84

….to listen for God’s Spirit…

Children’s Time

Gift of Music

Greetings from Rockway Mennonite Collegiate

Scripture: “With all your strength”

Deut. 6:1-12; 8:17-18 & 10:12,17-19

Hymn:  When in Our Music God Is Glorified Verse 3,4,5     VT 83

Reflections:  How Rockway shaped my life and faith

….responding in gratitude ….

 Gift of music

Prayer Ritual

Congregational  Prayer

Hymn of the month:  Peace to You      VT 168

Offering & Offertory

….and sent forth to be people of peace. 


Scripture: “With all your soul” Eph. 3:14-19 & Mark 12:28-34

Hymn: Move in our Midst     VT 807



Call to Worship and  Scripture readings from Let all within us praise  by Patty Shelly

An unsupervised nursery is available across from the washrooms for children ages 5 and under. Parents are expected to supervise their children while in the nursery.

Leading us in worship:
Prelude/Offertory/Postlude/Children’s Story: Rockway students
Worship Leader:  Gladys Bender
Song Leader/Greetings:  Josh Hill, Rockway Vice Principal
Scripture readers:  Claire Gingerich, Brian Sararus,  Andrea Kennel & Brandon Gingerich
Reflections:  Suzanne Bender, Susan Seyler, Stephen Yantzi
Gift of Music:  Rockway Senior Choir, Jeff Enns, director
Congregational Prayer:  Pastor Louise Wideman
AV:  Cliff Kennel & Steve Kennel

November Coin Collection & Special Offering is in support of House of Friendship Emergency Food Hamper program, helping to provide food security to any who are struggling. For more information or to donate online please visit:

Coffee & tea available in the fellowship hall following the service.

Intergenerational Sunday School at 11:15 a.m.  All ages are invited to gather in the fellowship hall for a Bible story and singing.

Next Sunday November 19
9:45 a.m.  Livestream and in-person worship in the sanctuary.
Scripture: Luke 8:22-25; Calming the Storm.
Planned and lead by the MYF

Congregational Life
Coffee Time Zoom will begin again on Sunday, November 19th. If you would like to receive the Zoom link, please contact Dawna at or 519-634-8311.

The Christmas choir will sing Sunday morning, Dec. 17. Rehearsals:  Sun. Nov. 26, 5:30 pm; Sun. Dec.3, 5:30 pm; and Sun. Dec.10. 7:00 pm.  An  additional rehearsal before Dec. 17 is possible.  All singers are welcome.

Care Packages:  Care Team is making packages and invites your contributions: candy, granola bars, tea, hot chocolate, post-it notes, etc. An information sheet has been placed in your church mailbox. A box for items will be in the hallway Nov. 12, & 19.

Nov. 14 (Tues.) 4 – 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Pickleball.

Nov. 14 (Tues.) 4 p.m. Safe Church Meeting

Nov. 16 (Thur.) at 9 a.m. – 12 noon Steinmann members are needed to help cut rags at the MCC Material Resources Centre. Thank you for your help.

Nov. 16 (Thur.) 7 p.m. Vision Focus Team Meeting.

Nov. 18 (Sat.) 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 9th annual Makers Market. There will be 35+ local vendors including Ten Thousand Villages again this year. For more info contact Ashley – or 519-998-2955.

Nov. 24 (Fri) 5:30 p.m.  TGIF is a monthly casual gathering of families with children for food and fun, and is open to all.  Please RSVP to Darryl at by Wed. Nov. 22nd so food can be ordered.

Nov. 26 – Eternity Sunday. A sacred time and space to feel our grief and losses. We will remember members of the congregation as well as other family and friends beyond our congregation who have died this past year (Nov. 2022-2023). If you wish to have a name read during the service, please add their name and information to the sheet on the table in the hallway or contact the church office by this Tuesday, Nov. 21st.

Dec. 9 (Sat.) 5 p.m. Annual Community Christmas Banquet. To reserve a place for yourself and any guests, please sign the list by the church mailboxes or call the church office by November 26. Please bring enough dessert to feed your family and guests. All other food for a ham dinner will be provided. Donations will be collected to cover expenses with any excess going to Breakfast Club which is co-sponsored by Hillcrest Mennonite Church and Steinmann Mennonite Church.

MYF (Grades 9-12+)
Nov 17 (Fri.) 7-10 p.m. Parent and Youth Meeting about the upcoming March Break Trip, followed by Movie Night at Joanne Schwartzentruber’s home.

Jr. Youth (Grades 5-8)
Nov. 23 (Thur.) 6:30-8 p.m. Volunteering at the New Hamburg Thrift Store. Meet there. Wear closed toed shoes.
Dec. 1. (Fri.) 7-11 p.m. Lock-in (Lite). An evening of God conversations, games, snacks, and fun late at night.

KidsLIFE (Grades 1-5)
Nov. 15 (Wed.), 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.   Woodworking Project

Small Groups
Nov. 21 (Tues.) 10 a.m. The Adult Bible Study led by Wes Leis will meet in the fireplace room. Studying “Exploring the New Testament”. Everyone is welcome.

Nov. 23 (Thurs.) 10:00 a.m. – Women’s Bible study group meeting at the church in the Fireplace area. Read chapter 2 of “Let The Light In”. All women are welcome. Contact person – Darlene Gingerich.

Personal Notes
Congratulations to Marie Zehr who is celebrating her 87th birthday on Sunday, November 12.

Remember in Prayer
Brian Hofstetter is out of ICU but remains in hospital as he slowly  regains strength.  Nyle and Kathleen appreciate the outpouring of congregational care and prayer support during this lengthy health sojourn.

Please pray for Larry Wagler and family as Larry struggles with health issues.

Let us uphold Ralph and Louise Gingerich and family as Louise’s health continues to decline.

We remember Tasha Steckle and family as she continues chemo treatment.

We offer our ongoing prayer support for Wayne & Joyce Leis.

This week join Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) in prayer for  Community Mennonite Fellowship, Drayton, ON.

Wider Community
Nov. 12 (Sun.) 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. OMAS  Holiday Market at Parkminster United Church 275 Erb St. E. Waterloo.  Proceeds support the Stephen Lewis Foundation in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Nov. 14 (Tues) 7 p.m. Mannheim Mennonite Church. You are invited to light a candle as a prayer for peace. Come join the ancient ritual of lament as the psalmists did so many years ago. Come to pray for peace. Come   together as an expression of hope as we remember Israel and Palestine; Ukraine and Russia; Ethiopia and Tigray.

Nov. 15 (Wed.) 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m.  Wilmot Family Resource Centre (WFRC) and Interfaith Counselling Centre (ICC) host a community breakfast on mental health and healthy relationship awareness to our  community at Puddicombe House Restaurant. This year’s event presents: Theatre of the Beat– performing “I love you and it hurts”.  Tickets are $35 each online , or call  ICC office at (519)662-3092.

Nov 18 (Sat) 9 – 4 p.m. MCC Peace Conference at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, 110 Doon Rd., Kitchener. This is your chance to see, hear and experience first-hand how you and MCC are changing lives and communities through peacebuilding. Registration link

Nov. 18 (Sat.) 7 p.m. Shantz Mennonite Church presents The Jantzis, Gospel Music Concert. $10 donation at the door.

Nov. 21 (Tues.) 6:30-8:30 p.m. Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp’s Annual General Meeting at Tavistock Mennonite Church. Join in person or virtually, hear impact stories from Mano Watsa and Watsa Basketball Camp coaches and look ahead to 2024. Please RSVP to or 519-625-8602.

Nov. 22 (Wed.) 7:30 p.m. on Zoom Rockway Mennonite Collegiate –  Annual General Meeting. Email to RSVP and Zoom link. Visit our AGM webpage for voting information.

Nov. 28 (Tues.) 7 p.m. Free film screening of “Before Tomorrow” at Zion United Church, 215 Peel St., New Hamburg. No registration necessary.  Sponsored by Wilmot Ecumenical Working Group on Indigenous/Settler Relationships.

Dec 3 (Sun.) 7 p.m. Advent Carol Service at St. Matthews Lutheran Church 54 Benton Street, Kitchener. Freewill Offering. For more information:

Dec. 10 (Sun.) 3 p.m.. Menno Singers and Mennonite Mass Choir   present Handel’s Messiah  a 230 voice choir. Tickets  at the Centre in the Square Box Office.